Gigs: 7th Carlisle International Rock Blues Festival – 8th, 9th & 10th November, 2013

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013

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Rapidly becoming the best blues event in the country, if it isn’t already there, Carlisle Blues-Rock Festival continues to grow in ambition and stature!

The key to the success of the Festival has always been the consistent strength of the line up, its refusal to be restricted within a genre and offering exceptional value for money.  Whilst this doesn’t guarantee to please everyone all of the time, it does promise to please the vast majority of the audience for the most of the time.

This year is no different and the awesome line-up maintains a significant international flavour with some of the hottest names in the business due to step on stage!  Crammed with top names from an “A” list of Blues and Blues-Rock bands/artists and augmented by one or two very special up and coming gems, the line-up this year, comprises of:


Friday –
Bernard Allison
The Stumble
The Stevie Nimmo Trio
Jon Amor
The Mustangs (late night bar room)


Saturday –
Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods
Ryan McGarvey
Jo Harman and Company
Ian Parker Band
Steve Roux and the Brass Knuckle Blues Band
The Legendary Slack Alice
Blue Swamp feat Bowden and Williamson
Tom Townsend Blues Band (late night bar room blues and jam session)


Sunday –
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Dave Midgen and The Dirty Words
The Deluxe
Ian Siegal with The Mudbloods (unplugged)

For four years running, Carlisle Blues-Rock Festival has been nominated in the best festival category of the British Blues Awards, by a panel of influential authorities on Blues from all corners of the UK, including broadcasters, publications, writers, festival organisers and promoters.  Being put forward for this prestigious award, year on year, affirms the high regard that people have for a festival, that is all about “the music” and raising the profile, of what is becoming an increasingly popular dual music genre across the globe!

The festival enjoys exclusive use of the Swallow Hilltop Hotel, London Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2NS and you see this excellent venue at

Tickets prices are: Friday £30, Saturday £45, Sunday £30 or £98 for the three days and to find out about booking options, please visit or to book online, please go to

Only 106 days to go and tickets are selling fast……….so why not treat yourself to a fantastic experience and book a daily ticket or full weekend ticket today!

To check out the line up and find out more about the festival, please visit or email:

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